Use of Adsorbents for Recovery of Acetic Acid from Aqueous Solutions Part III—Solvent Regeneration Academic Article uri icon


  • Solvent leaching was investigated as a method of regeneration for activated carbons and polymer sorbents loaded with acetic acid by contact with aqueous solutions. Both batchequilibration and fixed-bed experiments were employed. Methanol, methyl acetate, and acetone are suitable regeneration solvents for most activated carbons. Amoco GX-031 is an exception, giving incomplete regeneration. Methanol provides still more efficient regeneration for macroreticular styrene-divinylbenzenes adsorbents. Among basic sorbents, amine resins give incomplete regeneration by solvent leaching, as does a poly N oxide. Polybenzimidazole, a weaker base, gives higher recoveries of acetic acid when leached by solvents. Poly(4-vinylpyridine) is regenerated completely and efficiently by methanol, methyl acetate, and acetone in a fixed-bed geometry. It thus appears that an intermediate degree of basicity is desirable in a synthetic sorbent for acetic acid-- strong enough to give the uptake benefits of acid-base interactions, but weak enough to be regenerable. © 1987, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Frierman, M., Kuo, Y., Joshi, D., Garcia, A. A., & King, C. J.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • January 1987